Congressman – Arkansas’s Second Congressional District
French Hill, 60, is the 22nd Member of Congress to represent central Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives. A ninth generation Arkansan, he was elected on November 4, 2014, began his first congressional term on January 3, 2015. He serves on the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services where he was appointed to the Committee’s leadership team, as the Committee Majority Whip. Prior to his congressional service, Mr. Hill was actively engaged in the Arkansas business community for two decades as a commercial banker and investment manager. He was founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Delta Trust & Banking Corp., which was headquartered in Little Rock and merged with Arkansas-based Simmons First National Corp in 2014.
Prior to his community banking work in Arkansas, Mr. Hill served as a senior official in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. From 1989 until 1991, Mr. Hill served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Corporate Finance, where one of his key assignments was representing the United States as a negotiator in the historic bilateral talks with Japan known as the Structural Impediments Initiative (SII). After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mr. Hill led the design of U.S. technical assistance to the emerging economies of eastern and central Europe in the areas of banking and securities. In 1991, at the age of 34, President Bush appointed Mr. Hill to be Executive Secretary to the President’s Economic Policy Council (EPC), where he coordinated all White House economic policy. For his leadership and service at the Treasury and the White House, Mr. Hill was awarded the Secretary of the Treasury’s Distinguished Service Award. Prior to his Executive Branch Service, he was an investment and commercial banker and from 1982 until 1984, Mr. Hill served on the staff of then-U.S. Senator John Tower (R-TX) as well as on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs.
Throughout his career, Mr. Hill has been active in civic affairs. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Little Rock and served as the 2013 chairman of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce. In 1998 as a proud Eagle Scout and longtime member of the local Boy Scout Council, he was awarded the Silver Beaver Award by the Boy Scouts of America for his commitment to youth. In 2013, he was named the Top Manager of the Year by the Sales and Marketing Executive International, and in 2010, he was selected by AY Magazine as its “Most Powerful Man” in business in Arkansas. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan appointed Mr. Hill to serve as a member of the Statutory British-American Parliamentary Group.
Mr. Hill is a magna cum laude graduate in Economics from Vanderbilt University. He is married to the former Martha McKenzie of Dallas, Texas, and they have a daughter, Sarah Elizabeth McKenzie Hill, and a son, William Payne Hill. The Hill family resides in Little Rock.